5 Self-Care Secrets For The Winter Months
Winter is here but never fear, here are 5 ways you can take care of yourself this winter!
1) Don’t abandon exercise, but you may have to adapt.
If you live somewhere that gets cold and snowy during the winter, you may not be able to do your usual outdoor runs or bike rides because of the shift in weather. That’s cool, but make sure you find a substitute activity, whether it’s going to a gym, doing some yoga at home, or even taking a slower-paced but longer walk outside. Staying active will help you stay healthy and strong during the winter!
Pro tip: are you in a workout slump? Finding it hard to get moving again after the holidays? Look up qigong beginner videos online. They are a soothing way to get your body moving. You may be inspired to do more after you try!
2) Add these immune system boosters to your meals / tea.
Garlic, onions, zinc, and ginger all help the immune system in various ways. Cook with garlic and onions. Make tea with fresh ginger. And if you feel like you’re coming down with something, take a zinc supplement.
3) Make sure you get enough sleep.
Even if you stay active and incorporate immune-boosting foods into your diet, a lack of sleep can collapse your immune system. Try to get 6.5-8 hours every night. Of course, that’s not always possible, but if you don’t get enough sleep one night, try and make up for it later. Catching those Zs will keep you from catching those colds!
4) Journal if you’re feeling down.
Some folks feel down during the winter, or even have seasonal depression which kicks in during the cold months. Keeping a journal is a great way to get your thoughts out and keep them from getting in the way of your day. Some people find it helpful to set a certain time everyday to write for a couple of minutes. For example, you could choose to do it for ten minutes after you wake up, etc.
5) Cuddle and hug.
No, this last one isn’t a joke. Hugging and cuddling has been proven to have positive effects on people’s mental health and immune system. So cuddle up during these chilly winter months! Don’t have someone to cuddle? Make a profile on Dating.com and see what happens!
Stay sex positive!